July 29, 2002
Any remaining hope the peoples of the United Nations have to save succeeding
generations from the scourge of war through the United Nations would be
crushed by another United States attack on Iraq. Threats to attack, invade and
overthrow the government of Iraq by President George Bush, Vice President
Cheney, Secretary of Defense Rumsfeld, various cabinet officers and Pentagon
officials have been routine for a year. The psychological warfare is itself a
crime against peace and violates the U.N. Charter. Today's front-page headline
story in the New York Times, "U.S. Exploring Baghdad Strike As Iraq
Option," is typical of the in terrorem intention of the threats. The
danger to civilian life in Baghdad from such
a strike would be enormous.
The United Nations must act to prevent an attack by the United States Against
If the United Nations is unable to restrain the United States, a permanent
member of the Security Council, from committing crimes against peace and
humanity as well as war crimes against a nation that has already been violated
by the U.S. beyond endurance, then what is the United Nations worth? At the
very least, opposition to any attack or attempt to overthrow the government of
Iraq by force must be publicly expressed by the United Nations.
United States bombed defenseless Iraq mercilessly for forty-two days in 1991.
The U.S. led and glorified the massive assault on Iraq in January and February
1991. The Pentagon announced it conducted 110,000 aerial sorties
against the defenseless "cradle of civilization," dropping
88,500 tons of bombs. The widespread bombing destroyed the economic viability
of the civilian society throughout the nation. It killed tens of thousands of
Iraqi citizens and others. A major part of the bombing was directed at
civilians and civilian facilities. It was less accurate than the recent
indiscriminate attacks in Afghanistan. U.S. bombs destroyed Iraqi water
systems, electric power transmission, communications,
transportation, manufacturing, commerce, agriculture, poultry and
livestock, food storage facilities, markets, fertilizer and insecticide
production, business centers, archeological and historical treasures,
apartment houses, residential areas, schools, hospitals, mosques, churches and
synagogues. The Pentagon stated its casualties were 156. One third were from
"friendly fire"; the ! rest were accidental. The U.S. had no combat
The United States forced the Imposition of Genocidal Sanctions on Iraq in
The U.S. crafted economic sanctions against Iraq which the Security Council
approved on August 6, 1990, the 45th anniversary of the U.S. atomic bomb
attack on Hiroshima. Those sanctions are the direct cause of the very cruel
deaths of more than a million people. This is the greatest crime against
humanity, in the last decade of the most violent century in history. Each
painful death of an individual wasting away - from malnutrition; Kwashiorkor;
the rush of dehydration from contaminated water and from diseases - was
preventable. The sanctions continue to this time to cause hundreds of deaths
each day. Every United Nations agency dealing with food, health and children -
including FAO, WFP, WHO, UNICEF - has proclaimed the horror, magnitude and
responsibility for this human catastrophe.
The great majority of the deaths caused by the sanctions are infants,
children, the elderly, the chronically ill and emergency medical cases.
These are the people most vulnerable to polluted water, malnutrition, and the
lack of medicines and medical equipment and supplies. U.S. claims that it is
the Iraqi government that is responsible for deaths from shortages of food and
medicine are false. The U.S. blocked oil sales by Iraq for six years before
appearing to yield to humanitarian pleas to permit oil sales to purchase food
and medicine. Since 1997, when sales began, it has effectively frustrated and
delayed the Oil for Food program, which does not provide sufficient income at
the levels approved to stop the daily deterioration of health and growing
death rates in Iraq. Before sanctions there was virtually no malnutrition in
Iraq and free hospital, health services and medicines were a model for the
region. Its present system of governm! ent distribution of available food
staples is a model of fairness and efficiency, lacking only in quantity and
variety of food.
United States military aircraft have attacked Iraq at will for Eleven Years
The U.S. has engaged in air strikes against Iraq at will since March 1991,
when the massive attacks averaging one aerial sortie every 30 seconds ended.
Without losing a single plane, U.S. attacks have killed: cleaning personnel at
the Al Rashid Hotel in Baghdad in a failed attempt to assassinate Saddam
Hussein; scores of people each year in attacks on radar stations in or near
the U.S.-imposed no-fly zones; all the persons
aboard a U.N. helicopter shot down by U.S. aircraft; and civilians from all
walks of life, including the internationally famous artist and Director of
Iraqis' National Center for Arts, Leila al Attar.
Iraq is not a threat to the US, countries in the region or others
The U.S. has falsely claimed tha! t Iraq is working to develop weapons of mass
destruction to attack the U.S., Israel, its neighbors and others. The U.S.
claimed its 1991 attacks destroyed 80% of Iraq's military capacity. The U.N.
inspection efforts claimed to discover and dismantle 90% of Iraq's post-1991
capacity to develop weapons of mass destruction. Iraq, its peoples and
resources are exhausted. It has a "stunted" generation of children
under age 10 and a debilitated population at all ages. It is the victim of the
worst crime against humanity in recent decades.
The United States is the Greatest Purveyor of Violence on Earth
Two of the highest U.N. officials responsible for U.N. weapons inspection
within Iraq and a principal U.S. citizen participating in the inspections have
resigned, denounced the sanctions and denied that there is a threat that Iraq
will develop weapons of mass destruction. The U.S. has more nuclear weapons
than all other nations combine! d as well as the most sophisticated and
numerous systems for the delivery of nuclear weapons, including the Trident II
submarine fleet. It possesses the greatest stockpiles of chemical and
biological weapons and the most advanced and extensive research in mass
destruction weaponry in the world. Military spending by the U.S. exceeds that
of the nine next largest budgets for war combined. President Bush has
repeatedly declared the right to strike first. The U.S. attacked Hiroshima and
Nagasaki with atomic bombs and continues to justify those acts.
The U.S. has renounced treaties controlling nuclear weapons and their
proliferation; voted against the protocol enabling enforcement of the
Biological Weapons Conventions; and rejected the treaty banning land mines,
the International Criminal Court and virtually every other international
effort to control and limit war. The U.S. War Against Terrorism is a
declaration of right by the U.S. to attack first - anyone, anywhere, on mere
suspicion, or without excuse, unilaterally.
The U.S. wants to overthrow the government of Iraq and many others in
violation of law. Unless restrained the chance for peace and global equality
of economic, social, cultural and political opportunity among nations will be
lost. Which government presents the greater threat to peace globally or for
Mesopotamia and its neighbors - the U.S. or Iraq?
An attack by the United States on Iraq to overthrow its government would be a
flagrant violation of the U.N. Charter, the Nuremberg Charter and
If, as promised so many times, the U.S. does attack Iraq to overthrow its
government, it will be the most notorious, arrogant and contemptuous violation
of the Charter of the United Nations, the Nuremberg Charter and international
law yet experienced, or likely hereafter. Only absolute power unrestrained by
any rule of law or st! andard of human decency openly taunts an intended
victim as President Bush has taunted Iraq. Because the U.S. has committed
historic injustices against Iraq, most during his father's presidency, and
still seeks dominion in the region, President Bush, his Vice President and
others in his administration hate Iraq and want finally to destroy it.
I am writing this letter to you; to each U.N. Representative of a Security
Council Member; the President of the General Assembly; and President Bush.
This is one of a series of letters describing and protesting U.S. and UN
wrongs against Iraq. The threatened wrong addressed here is the worst. If
twelve years after its devastating aerial assault and after twelve years of
genocidal sanctions, the omnipresent risk and frequent fact of random attack
with the ever present stalking by U.S. aircraft and endless threats against
its helpless victim, the U.S. commits its coup de grace on the people o! f
Iraq to the silence of the U.N. and wealthy nations of the world, human shame
and impotence will doom us to ever greater violence.
A U.S. assault on Iraq will cause more and greater violence; Urgent action by
the UN to prevent a U.S. assault of Iraq is required
I urge you to immediately activate the United Nations, the General Assembly,
the Security Council and all its agencies to denounce the continuing threats
by the United States against Iraq, to demand immediate cessation of the
threats and to warn the United States that an attack by it on Iraq will
violate the Charter of the United Nations, international law and the
friendship of all who seek peace and respect the dignity of humanity.
An attack by the U.S. on Iraq would violate the Constitution and Laws of the
United States requiring Impeachment, Trial before the US Senate and Criminal
Charges in Federal Courts against President Bush and all officials responsible
An attack on Iraq
by the United States would also violate the Constitution and laws of the
United States and expose President Bush to impeachment by the House of
Representatives under the Constitution of the United States for the highest of
crimes, those against peace and humanity, to judgment by the United States
Senate and trial in federal court for crimes charged.
Unfortunately in recent years our Constitution has been more honored in the
breach than in faithful observance of the rights it is intended to protect for
all. But the effort to hold accountable any U.S. authority who participates in
an assault against Iraq will be made here by those who love their country and
for that reason insist that its acts be just.
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